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Ordino, Andorra

The Miniature Museum

Some of the smallest works of art in existence. 

At a small museum in the small village of Ordino in the small country of Andorra, you’ll find some of the smallest works of art in existence. Visitors must look through microscopes that magnify the artwork 300 times in order to see these tiny masterpieces that are otherwise nearly invisible to the naked eye.

The Miniature Museum features the works of Ukrainian microminiaturist Nikolai Syadristy, an artist who is renowned for being the best in the world at miniature art. In fact, the word “microminiature” was invented because of the pieces of art he created. From signatures on the tip of a human hair to a bottle on a single grain of sand, to a caravan of camels inside the eye of a needle, you’ll find 13 very impressive Syadristy works at this museum.

Unrelated to the miniature art, the museum has also thrown in an impressive collection of crucifixes from throughout the centuries and heaps of handmade Russian nesting dolls along with a few other miscellaneous artifacts. Although Syadristy’s works have significant monetary value, he does not sell them as he wants them to remain on public display.